Nothing about this topic is black and white, no matter how hard you wish or believe it is.
If you believe, based on your faith or any other reason, that it is YOUR right to impose your beliefs on others, you need a reality check.
You do you.
And let others have the same autonomy.
I’ll never forget her face. The sad look of horror etched on that moment. I was a third year medical student and she a young woman, 16 weeks pregnant. She hadn’t been feeling well, and a thorough exam revealed advanced cervical cancer.
The diagnosis was devastating by itself. But the treatment, if she chose to take it, would kill her child. If shechose to wait, she’d leave a child motherless.
It was a cruel moment. And with her advanced disease, she was given 48 hours to make that decision. Termination and chemo, or Full term and death.
A year later I was up on the labor and delivery floor. A typical night of call. My eyes glanced over the patient list when they froze on one name in… More